I’m starting to have more respect for historians. I keep finding “holes” in my Kingsland history, even for the decade of the 1960s, which was covered pretty well by area newspapers and remembered by quite a few locals. The 1950s are even more difficult, and I knew before I started that I’d never be able to write a comprehensive history of the decades before the creation of Lake LBJ.
So my book, which is looking more and more like a real probability in the near future, will not include ALL the details of Kingsland’s “re-birth” in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but it WILL hit most of the highlights. My main concern now is to weed out all (or at least most) of the inaccuracies and misconceptions that crept into my series of history stories. Some of them are from differences in the memories of the people I interviewed, some of them are from mistakes in the newspapers of the time, and some of them are from wrong guesses I made about something I heard and read.
One of the exciting discoveries that I made this week was that Longhorn Resort (which I thought until a few weeks ago had been built in the 1970s) was actually the same “Daricek’s Lodges” which first advertised in The Llano News in January of 1964! I’m pretty sure of that, because Cathy Carpenter (who spent her growing-up summers in Kingsland) sent me a postcard (on Facebook) of the old lodge (see above). She remembers it clearly, and now others have confirmed her recollection (and the cabins in the picture sure look like the ones that got knocked down a few weeks ago to make room for the new Boat Town complex). That postcard was the highlight of an already good week, and I am very grateful to her.
Speaking of the book, I’m ready to announce that I will not be publishing a paper the week after Christmas. Instead, I’m planning a “staycation” here in Kingsland to finally get a rough draft put together for editing by my daughter-in-law (who has already made some very helpful suggestions). With any luck at all, I should be able to get the book to the printers by February (and maybe sooner).
But first, I’ve got two very busy weeks of Christmas activities coming up. I have a lot of the events listed in my article on page 2, but I know there are more. One that I inexplicably left out of that article is the annual Victorian Christmas Open House, sponsored by the Falls on the Colorado Museum at Caryl Calsyn’s beautiful 125-year-old Victorian home (603 Seventh Street in Marble Falls). The public is invited to stop in between 6 and 8:30 p.m. this Saturday (December 2). I should have let you know sooner!
Also this Saturday is the Kingsland Christmas event (at the community center from 10 to 4; see ad on page 7).
Next Tuesday (December 5), the Bluebonnet Chorale will be giving a free Christmas concert at the Lakeshore Library in Buchanan Dam. Call 325-379-1174 to reserve a seat.
Next Thursday evening (December 7), there will be an Open House at the Llano Fine Art Guild’s Holiday Market (see ad on page 13) and on Friday evening there will be a Christmas Gala at the Kingsland Community Center (see ad on page 8). Amongst the multiple Christmas activities in Burnet on December 9 (next Saturday), there will be a Historical Marker Presentation at 11 a.m. at The Napping Mouse (304 South Main Street, just off the square).
The Kingsland Chamber’s next Breakfast Club meeting is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, at the Vineyard B&B on RR 2233 near Sunrise Beach. Linda Moreau, of ReMax Realty, will be the event sponsor.
Girl Scout Troop #40010 has been working on a curbside re-cycling project for Kingsland, and they invite the public to a meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, to report on progress and rally public support. Central Waste and Recycling will be there with a potentially money-saving offer.